Settling in

16 01 2009

Thank you for checking in on our blog. We love all the prayers, responses and comments! We have seen pictures and heard of the flooding in the Northwest and Stanwood. We are praying for all of you too!

Highlights of our 1st week:

  • The constant flow of people through our home, introducing themselves and welcoming us. The girls started school having already met some of their class mates which helped them a lot.
  • A hike on the Mashiah grounds. 6 adults and lots of kids played on the rocks and trails at Mashiah. Mashiah gives a home and vocational instruction to women and children affected by HIV. The family that oversees Mashiah have unofficially adopted their youngest, Lilly, but officially adopting her is proving to be very difficult due to the unwillingness of the government. If you are more interested in the powerful ministry of Mashiah; see their website here.
  • Shopping! You have to know who sells what. Some sell eggs, some raise chickens, some raise cattle. You also have to know when and where to find them. The ‘grocery stores’ sell packaged foods. They are tiny (size of 2 bedrooms) 2 aisle shops. There aren’t low fat, low sugar choices. I have a lot to learn, but it is a fun experience to ‘shop downtown’. Then there is ‘the market’. It’s a lot like a farmer’s market, just squished close together and stretches for many blocks. You can get almost anything at the market.
  • Mikey, the monkey next door. He is very cute and fun to watch. He escaped from his cage one day and ended up in our house. I eventually caught him and returned him to his cage, but it was fun watching him swinging around in the trees and in the house! Cypress visits him a lot! Adjusting to:
  • Traffic noise. Our compound is surrounded by busy streets. People use their horn here constantly and moped engines are loud. The good news is that for the next few months, there is a curfew from 7pm-6am, so it quiets down during the night. • Powdered milk; it’s not as bad as I remember from childhood.
  • FRESH meat. We bought a freshly butchered and plucked chicken today. I will miss the luxury of having it cut and packaged in a grocery store. Gary has the privilege of finishing the cleaning of the chicken and cutting it up!
  • Rabbit cages close to our bedroom window! Our neighbors raise and eat rabbits! Cypress has about 20 of them named. We warned her not to get attached because they get eaten.
  • Mosquito bites. We don’t see very many mosquitoes but we have plenty of bites showing up. Pray we are protected from malaria!

We are praying about:

  • Taking in a dascheund (wiener dog) who needs a home. Dascheunds are very prevalent here!
  • A need for a pharmacist once a week at Gidan Bege to help with the free medical clinic for street widows.
  • Joining a Beth Moore bible study.
  • Fostering kids from Meshiah (another huge need).

Final thoughts:

I asked the kids what their most and least favorite things about moving here so far were. Here are their answers…

  • Jordan
    • Most favorite: Starting school!
    • Least favorite: Hearing about ‘The Crisis’.  (The violence that occurred after Thanksgiving is called ‘The Crisis’ and is still very fresh in people’s minds. Both adults and kids are still talking about it and our girls are hearing details I normally would try to protect them from. There are many police check points throughout the city. The 7 pm curfew is strict. If you are not home, you are stuck where you are. The missionary community never felt in danger from the violence, but because their lives are intertwined with the Nigerian people who work at Hillcrest or work in their homes, many were affected….they lost family members, friends, homes, and family businesses.)
  • Isabel
    • Most favorite: Living in a small house.
    • Least favorite: Doesn’t want to do hard math.
  • Cypress
    • Most favorite: All the animals
    • Doesn’t have a least favorite.

We praise God for our first week in Jos! With the welcoming from other people and the help we have received it has been a fun, eye-opening week.

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4 responses

24 01 2009
Virginia Sears

Hello Payne family, so good to see your lovely pictures and read your blog, it’s great to be able to communicate this way. Mikey is a pet of your neighbor? How fun to have him come and visit. I am glad you are all settling in to your new life and adventure as the Lord leads you. I am praying that your needs will be met, God is faithful. Is there a church you can go to? We miss you at ours. Jordan Mop’s is going well, but we are down in numbers, the weather has been interesting. I am a ham radio operator and we were very busy during the flood time, on stand by in case we were needed. I had my radio with me the day I worked in the pantry and Marian said did you know your purse was talking, and laughed with a puzzle on her face. I said yes but it was not talking to me yet. It will also picked up Fire Fighter calls. This week I got started back with my water exercise class in Stanwood, it really felt good to be there again. I will look forward to your next entry. Take care, and God Bless you.
Love & Prayers, Virginia

19 01 2009
Christy Headrick

Hello friends! It is so neat to be able to stay connected to ya’ll through this blog. It certainly sounds like you are having to make many adjustments to your lifestyle, however, they sound interesting and not too bad when you think about how worse it could be. I imagine it would be hard not being able to have all the foods and such that are so readily available to us here. Isn’t it amazing how ‘good’ something can be when it really is the only option?? 🙂 God is good…He can make anything taste great when we trust in His will for us! I think about you often, and pray God will provide for your needs and give His answers to your requests. Love and miss you, Christy

17 01 2009
Lisa Dean

Hello Paynes,
We just looked at all the pictures of the girls and the market. Mimi has a friend visiting right now and she was proudly showing off the missionary family that she knows all the way in Africa. What a neat opportunity this blog is to share what another country is like with our kids. I pray that you’ll be safe and your children won’t be too affected by what they hear in the community. I’m so proud of you guys.
We are doing well. I started working with the school district as a substitue para-educator(fancy work for teachers-aid) and I like it so much I think I might go to school to become a teacher. Pray for the best financial aid possible. Clay is looking for a better job, we’ll see how it goes. God will provide. I had back surgery on Dec. 22nd and all went well. I’m all better already and back to work as often as possible. Mops started up last week and we had a pediatric optometrist as our speaker. Some of us wondered how interesting that would be but it was actually really good. Not as many people back to begin with as we’d hope for, but with the yucky weather people are hibernating. Caregroup leading is going well and I have a great bunch of ladies to work with. Maybe you can start a Jos chapter of Mops(haha)
Looking forward to your next entry. God bless you.

16 01 2009
Pastor Kris

Thanks for you second update. I check your site every morning.

May you sensed God’s guidance and rest in your daily challenges in a new environment. I pray that in times of uncertainty or fear, you would find rest in Christ.




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